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Slips, Trips, and Falls in California: Nothing to Laugh About
Slills. Trins. and Falls:
Naming In laugh Illmut
WHY SLIPS, TRIPS, AND FALLS ARE SERIOUS
Slips, trips, and falls account for:
1. Falls account for over 8 million emergency
room visits each year
2. Falls are the #1 cause of ER visits (21.3%)
3. Slips and trips account for over 1 million
emergency room visits each year
4. One-half of the accident deaths occurring in
the home are caused by falls
5. The majority of industrial accidents are caused
by slips, trips and falls.
6. It is estimated that falls result in $13 to $14
million in costs each year
DEFINING SLIPS, TRIPS AND FALLS
How do slips, trips and falls occur?
Slips: Slips occur due to a lack of friction or
traction between the surface you are walking
on and your feet.
Common causes of slips include:
o Wet floors due to rain, snow or ice
o Spills of wet items on the floor
o Dust, powder or other dry items on the floor
Trips: Trips occur when your foot hits an object
and your momentum knocks you off balance.
Common causes of trips include:
o Broken or uneven sidewalks, pavement, or
o Open file or desk drawers
o Objects littering a walkway
o Improper commercial displays
Falls: Falls generally involve movement from one
level to another.
Common causes of falls include:
o Improper use of ladders
o Unsafe conditions on stairways
o Running orjumping down stairs
o Uneven surfaces
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE
IS INJURED IN A SLIP, TRIP, OR FALL ACCIDENT?
Seek medical attention immediately. This is especially
important for an injury to the head, neck, or back, as
these are the most serious types of injuries in a slip,
trip, or fall accident.
- Notify the manager, landlord, homeowner, or other
individual in charge of the facility as soon as possible.
If the incident occurred at a rental property or business,
the landlord or manager should write a report
immediately. Obtain a copy of this report before
leaving the scene.
- Note the contact information for any witnesses.
- If possible, take pictures of the accident scene.
- Keep the clothes and shoes you were wearing at the
time of the accident. Preserve the condition J
they were in at the time of the accident by placing
them in a bag right after the accident.
- Contact an experienced slip and fall attorney ‘ ‘ I I
as soon as possible to protect your right to " "
receive compensation for your injuries. E
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Call the Law Ofﬁce of Michael D. Waks at 888-394-1174 or use the
convenient online contact form to schedule a free consultation. You
are under no obligation and you will never pay any money unless
you recover damages for your injuries. I offer bilingual services as
part of my comprehensive approach to legal representation and I
am available 24/7 to talk to you about your case.
1/ HCHAEL http: //michae| waks. com/
LAW OFFICE or MICHAEL D. WAKS (562)326-5002